Leaf Based Paper

Designed by Ella Weinstein and Julia Olney

Why Leaves?

Leaves are a sustainable source of plant matter. They do no to be harvested nor grown for use in production. Dead plant matter can be obtained through leaf disposal companies which collect fallen leaves from residential areas, often burning them, turning waste in to paper. 


  • Water
  • Dead Leaves
  • Scrap Paper
  • Storage Tub
  • Blender
  • Mold and Deckle
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Strainer


100% Leaves: Brittle, Unsuccessful

50% Leaves, 50% Repurposed Paper: Thin and Flexible, Successful 

50% Leaves, 50% Repurposed Paper: Thick and Rigid, Successful

Created Leaf Based Chipboard 1/8inch


1: Collect fallen leaves

Be sure to store leaves in an airtight container as leaves can have bugs. When ready to use, de-stemming leaves will lead to a smoother texture. 

2: Wash and blend leaves

Remove as much dirt as possible and blend using a blender. 

3: Tear and blend paper

Using scrap paper or old paper bags, tear and blend using a blender. a Little water can be added to facilitate this process. 

4: Mix and blend

Mix paper pulp and blended leaves at the desired ratio and blend. Once finished, place in a storage tub. Keep in mind, the ratio of the leaves changed the texture and strength.

5: Forming

Using a mold and deckle, open the hinges and dip into the mixture. Let the water strain out and close Using a dry sponge, hand press a damp sponge gently on the solids to remove water. 


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